A lot of things can go wrong on the road.

The late-night arrivals, the unfamiliar surroundings, the reliance on hotel dining and beds. A bad combination of those things can leave any person feeling a bit off, especially baseball players who are notorious creatures of habits. In the olden days, the road is often where players got into trouble too, though those days are mostly over as smartphones and social media have forced athletes to button up their public behavior.

The 2022 Mets, who have been pretty good at everything, have not had many issues on the road though. As they embark this week for their final two-city road trip of the year — they still have three games in Atlanta left, so this isn’t the last time they’ll board a plane — the Mets are 43-29 away from Citi Field. Heading to Milwaukee and Oakland in September certainly qualifies as a strange schedule quirk for the Mets, but if their previous 72 road games are any indication, Buck Showalter and his boys will not be fazed. Only the untouchable Dodgers (52-26) have a better road record than the Mets.

Winning at any and every location is a great sign of a team’s postseason aptitude, and the Mets have fared well in the other National League contenders’ ballparks. They’ve won series in Atlanta, Philadelphia and St. Louis and split their four games at Dodger Stadium. The Padres are the only serious NL squad who protected their house against the Mets, winning two of their three games in San Diego while outscoring the Mets 25-13 in the series.

For the Mets, hitting has been less of a chore on the road too. They do everything at the plate slightly better when free of Citi Field’s pitcher-friendly confines. At home, the Mets have a .252/.330/.393 slash line in 76 games compared to .264/.333/.425 in 72 games everywhere else. Unsurprisingly then, their pitchers’ ERA rises by almost a full run on the road, shooting up from 3.08 to 4.02.

Like with a player who gets traded to a different organization, sometimes a change of scenery is needed to get out of a rut. After the Mets’ recent homestand that just seemed to be missing, something — they rebounded after getting swept by the Cubs to then sweep the Pirates, but the confluence of cooler weather, kids being back in school, and three weekday games against a bad team …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


One more long road trip for the Mets, who have thrived away from home

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